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Location   Geneva, Switzerland, regular travel in Iraq (every 6 weeks)
Type of Contract   Full Time, temporary till December 2022
Languages Required   English, Arabic
Application Deadline   15 March 2022
Starting Date   May 1st, 2022

About CPI

The Cordoba Peace Institute - Geneva (CPI) is a Swiss non-governmental non-profit organization working on peace promotion.

CPI was established in Geneva in 2002 to foster research and dialogue on peace issues, and to promote joint projects which address tensions between people and communities holding different ideologies or worldviews. CPI has a particular focus and expertise in enhancing theoretical and practical conflict transformation resources in Muslim majority contexts.

CPI works with an extensive network of partners, including think thanks, civil society organizations, research centers, foundations, governments and individuals, to initiate and support activities that build trust and favor mutual respect and reconciliation. CPI provides a distinctive expertise and a culturally sensitive approach in dealing with conflicts. CPI has Special Consultative Status with the United Nations.

The main programs of CPI

CPI has a track record of programs, mediation initiatives and training interventions focused on the promotion of the peaceful political participation of all sectors of society, including those with a religious reference. The activities of CPI cover West Asia, North Africa, the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin.

Since, November 2020, CPI has conducted a project in Iraq aiming to consolidate social cohesion through the implementation of two joint initiatives carried out by Iraqi actors. The first track focuses on creating the trusting environment necessary for the return of Iraqi refugees in Turkey; the second one concerns the promotion of the “right to know” the fate of missing persons.

Role and Responsibilities

CPI is seeking a Project Officer whose responsibilities will include:

  • Project management: Support the effective management of CPI’s project in Iraq including liaison with staff at CPI’s offices in Iraq.
  • Monitoring and evaluation: Contribute and maintain effective and responsive M&E systems, in collaboration with field-based staff, and ensure M&E reporting is both meaningful and available for sharing with donors.
  • Reporting: Ensure the production of regular, precise, and analytical reports for donors in collaboration with the Project team.
  • Finance Management: Support the monthly finance reporting and ensure the compliance of all expenses is in line with donors’ rules.
  • Development of local partners & local team: assist local partners & team in developing project management and finance management skills.
  • Other duties as appropriate within a small office requiring cooperation and flexibility.
  • Every 6 weeks or so, a week of travel in Iraq should be expected.

Skills and Experience Sought

  • A degree in international relations, conflict studies, political science or a related field.
  • Experience of 2/3 years in project management, especially of German and/or other major/ government donor project management systems and reporting requirements.
  • Experience in Iraq and on IHL or international human rights law would be an added value.
  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of conflict/peace and security issues.
  • Understanding of geopolitical issues in the West Asia region and more specifically in Iraq.
  • Proficiency in English and Arabic. French useful but not obligatory.
  • Good financial analysis and reporting skills.
  • Good writing and synthesizing skills (reports, concept notes etc.)
  • Good organizational skills, and close attention to detail.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Autonomy and the ability to work in small polyvalent team.
  • Authorization to work in Switzerland.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to send their CV and Cover Letter in English by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. clearly stating “CPI - Project Officer”.

Only full applications will be considered.